John Marlowe Williams Sr., 61, involvement in New Hope Pulmonary Rehab Program extended his life

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John Marlowe Williams Sr.
John Marlowe Williams Sr.

John Marlowe Williams Sr. died Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at 5:45 a.m. at Lower Cape Fear Hospice, at the age of 61. That’s when he took his first breath in Heaven.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1954, in Columbia. John was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Williams.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Cindy; mother, Dora Williams; daughter, Tonya Williams; son, John M. Williams Jr.; brothers, Dexter Williams (Linda) and Kyle Williams; sister, Connie Britt (Mark); numerous nieces and nephews; and special puppies, Sophia and Scooby Doo.

John proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 10 years, as a damage controlman. Among his many awards were his “Polar Bear” & “Square Knot Sailor” status. He also received many medals and commendations during this time. He last served on the Northwind which,  at that time, was stationed in Wilmington.

He was a plumber by trade, receiving his Class II Plumbing License on May 14, 1997. He worked for several companies in both North Carolina and Virginia for 35 years, three of which were owning is own company, Just Plumbing, before becoming disabled in 2004 due to COPD and emphysema. He was an avid NASCAR fan, following all the drivers of the Stewart-Haas racing camp. He also enjoyed watching professional wrestling.

His passion, though, was for veterans.  He worked tirelessly at the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 as transportation coordinator, since 2008. He was also a “Trench Rat.”  He loved all his “brothers.” His other enjoyment, came from going to the New Hope Pulmonary Rehab Program. He had been in that program since 2008, which his doctor credited with extending his life. He also formed some lasting friendships there also.

At his request, John will be cremated.  There will be a visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation at 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow “Trench Rats.”

Flowers are accepted. Donations can also be sent to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11, P.O. Box 4046 Wilmington 28406; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN. 38105; NHRMC Foundation in John’s name, for the Pulmonary Rehab Program, 2259 S. 17th St., Wilmington 28401; or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington 28401.

Thanks to all the doctors who have cared for John for the last few years. Also the angels at hospice, who made John’s end of life comfortable.

John, you may be gone from our sight, but not from our hearts. Until we meet again…

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.

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